I'm just back from my fourth annual Readers Studio hosted by The Tarot School's Ruth Ann and Wald Amberstone in New York City. The Readers Studio is a conference of about 250 of the worlds most renowned Tarot readers including Rachel Pollack, Benebel Wen, and Ethony. The conference runs from Thursday through Sunday and is its packed with masterclasses, celebrity readings, study groups, tarot incubators, merchants and much much more.
This year included a Divination Day where Rana George author of The Essential Lenormand: Your Guide to Precise & Practical Fortunetelling taught a class on Lenormand, Heatherleigh Navarre a psychic, medium, and teacher of tarot, mediumship, and psychic development taught a class on Crystal Ball Divination, and Carrie Paris who holds a Masters Degree in the Cultural Study of Cosmology and Divination from the University of Kent taught a class on Charm Casting and Tarot. All this on just the first day!
We had three masterclasses. The first one was taught by Ethony, tarot reader and oracle deck creator, and Headmistress of the Tarot Readers Academy on 13 Tarot Muses whom she described as archetypes of the types of readings that are most common. The second was taught by George Koury who has taught alongside Rachel Pollack and Mary Greer taught us his Peter Pan Reading to connect one with their life purpose. Finally Sasha Graham taught us her Seven Sacred Cornerstones of Constant Magic.
As usual I barely got any sleep as the days started early at 8am and ended late at 11-ish pm. I did not have to do all the activities but I didn't want to miss out on anything and I didn't want to miss the chance to connect with the tarot community.
My favorite part of the Readers Studio is that all the masterclasses take place in one room. Everyone tarot master and novice all sit in one room and and read for each other. There are no egos at the Readers Studio. I also look forward to the Foundation Reading where we pick a partner to do a reading with on Friday and then revisit the same reading with the same cards on Sunday with our newly gained reading knowledge. I'm always amazed at how much depth is added to the reading after just three days.
I'm looking forward to RS20.